MNDF officer shot dead in friendly fire incident during SAARC bodyguard training

A Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) officer has died in a friendly-fire incident during bodyguard training at the Kadhoo facility in Laamu Atoll.

32 year-old Corporal Ibrahim Shaukath was shot in the head and was taken to Laamu Gan Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:50am.

The MNDF stated that live ammunition was used in the training program, intended to train bodyguards for the upcoming SAARC Summit to be held in Addu.

MNDF Spokesperson Major Abdul Raheem told Minivan News that a joint investigation by police and the MNDF had been launched into the investigation of the death.

“It is too early to say how the incident occurred because the investigation is ongoing,” Abdul Raheem said.

Asked whether officers were required to wear helmets during training requiring the use of live ammunition, Abdul Raheem responded that “during some training, the officers will be equipped with different weapons and tools and I am not sure whether in this training the students were told to wear their helmets,’’ he replied.

A state funeral for Shaukath will be held on his home island of Alifushi in Raa Atoll.

“The family requested we conduct the funeral on Alifushi, so we decided to do so,’’ Abdul Raheem said, adding that senior officers of the MNDF would attend.

He said that the MNDF flag would be hoisted half-mast for three days in mourning of the incident.

“The whole MNDF force is with the family of Shaukath and our prayers are with him and his family,’’ Abdul Raheem said. “It was a very regrettable incident.”

Local media meanwhile reported that Shaukath died immediately when the bullet went straight his forehead.

Defense Minister Thalhath Ibrahim, Chief of Defense Force Major General Moosa Ali Jaleel and Vice Chief of Defense Force Faruhath Shaheeru and MNDF Nothern Area Commander Brigadier General Ahmed Mohamed will attend the funeral.

The opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) sent condolences to Shaukath’s family and called for an independent investigation to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future, alleging that existing safety measures during training exercises were “questionable”.

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8 thoughts on “MNDF officer shot dead in friendly fire incident during SAARC bodyguard training”

  1. Abdul Raheem you fool.

    After you killing him, why saying your prayers are with him and his family.

    Make party.

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  2. Pablo Sanchez Ok .. Read this!! 21:44, January 12, 2011, Georgia has detained three military officers allegedly involved in a fatal military training accident that claimed the lives of three soldiers and wounded 13 others.. Georgia's defense ministry said Wednesday that military police have detained three officers for violation of security norms during military drills. NOTE: " I don't see any independent inquiry there!! It's the military police and the defense ministry" and also no political drama's!! . instead of playing politics out of a military martyr it would be much better to recite Quran in the month of Ramadan make dua for our brave military soldiers!! And also ask the opposition while they were in power how many soldiers died in trainings?! Did they gave a state funeral ..No?! Any statement ..No!!

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  3. "alleging that existing safety measures during training exercises were “questionable”." aaaah seriously???now were they?

    I want ask Bandhu Faruhath Shaheer; the previous commadant of girifushi facility and Major adhuray; in what lesson and in which circumstances were the "code of safety neglected"? & on which platoon commander's watch?

    Yeah you can mast the flag at half pole and wear you braided and laced uniforms and go to his funeral. But my men, you have blood on your hands. This was yet another careless mistake paid in life.

    N i wonder; for those who lost their senses and became insane due to mental & physical pressure; you just left them!! i know 1 guy works at immigration n i still don think hes very much himself.

    Faruhath>>*eye dash* "he wasnt man enuf"....well kuda bandhey, he didnt deserve dat either.n u all r smaller dan straw infront of the god u have to answer bek 1 day being stripped off your uniform.

    pple, theres no guideline upto date on any of the army or police abuse at the bases.We were snatched from home n taken as prisoners..does any1 remember da price we paid to govt bcz we studied at govt schools?some came brain washed, some tried to commit suicide.some fell out of their line in life; for their lifetime.

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  4. stupidity, stupid, MNDF the whole thing is stupid with guns and violence practice for an imaginary security purpose or not, its a soul lost.. war is over grow up

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